Delhi's Karol Bagh hotel fire: Two jump off building, die

Elias Hubbard
February 12, 2019

NEW DELHI: At least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India. "Fire has been doused".

G.C. Misra, Delhi fire services director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours involving at least 25 fire engines. Bodies are being taken out now.

Initial probe suggests short circuit to be the reason for the blaze.

According to reports, 27 fire tenders have been pressed into action.

The dead includes a child.

Many structures, both old and new, lack proper fire exits.

Dozens were also severely injured in the fire and have been rushed to nearby hospitals. In 1986, a major fire broke out in Siddharth Hotel in Vasant Vihar. Owned by Jaypee Group, the hotel was a 10-storey luxury hotel in the 1980.

Last week, a fire broke out in a hospital in Noida, forcing an emergency evacuation of scores of patients and other people.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sunil Choudhary told ANI, "The fire has been doused".

Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that none was left trapped, Mishra said. 30 fire tenders had been rushed to the spot. The fire had broken out in the dispensary of the state-run Medical College and Hospital on October 3 a year ago.

Authorities have launched raids to enforce building regulations, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures but these steps have failed to check rampant violations by builders in a rapidly expanding Capital, the home to more than 18 million people.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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